Jon A. Henke was born in Belleville, Illinois on March 19. Master Chief Henke joined the U.S. Navy upon graduation from high school in 1976. After attending Boot Camp and Class “A” School for the CTT rate, he reported to his first duty station at VQ-2 in Rota, Spain in 1978. He transferred to the European Defense Analysis Center (EUDAC) in Stuttgart, Germany in 1980. He transferred to the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, MD in 1982.

Master Chief Henke left active duty in 1986 and immediately joined the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was assigned to the Naval Reserve Security Group unit at Adelphi, Maryland, and was promoted to Chief Petty Officer in 1987. He transferred to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWARS) reserve unit, Washington, D.C., in 1990. During this tour, he was recalled to Active Duty during Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield and was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer in 1994.

In 1995, Master Chief Henke accepted civilian employment in Denver, Colorado, and was ordered to assist in the establishment of a SPAWARS unit in Denver, ultimately being assigned as the Executive Officer of the unit. He was promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer in 1997, and requested transfer to the Denver Naval Reserve Security Group unit in 1998. In 2000, Master Chief Henke was selected to be the Regional Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Reserve Cryptologic Area Commander, West Region in San Diego, California. In October 2001, Master Chief Henke was selected to be the Force Master Chief of the Naval Reserve Security Group Command, headquartered at NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas. After his tour as Force Master Chief, he was assigned to the Center for Information Dominance – Active Reserve Integration (CID-ARI) at Corry Station, Pensacola, Florida as the Community Manager for the CTT rating. Master Chief Henke retired from the United States Navy on July 9, 2005 after 29 years of service.

Source: Echoes of Our Past